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Spring is here! In this edition, you will find top tips for teachers to support good mental health and wellbeing, the latest evidence-based infographic and blogs on pupils' mental health and relevant information on a much needed qualification for young people in schools and colleges, the Mental Health Peer Mentor course.

Top tips for teachers to support good mental health and wellbeing

Here are three tips for teachers, intended to ‘tip you’ from knowing to doing

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Top tips for teachers

Schools return: How the transition between home and school can be effectively achieved?

Blog post by Claire Sewell, Learning and Development Specialist at Minds Ahead and tutor for the School Mental Health Specialist programme. Claire has a broad spectrum of experience resulting from extensive educational practice in both mainstream primary schools and specialist provision gained over the last 23 years.

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Pupils’ mental health infographic: What young people say they need to help them settle back into school and college? 

"41% of pupils want improved mental health support to be part of their return to school."

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Pupils' mental health infographic

NEW! Mental Health Peer Mentor: A qualification to support peer mentoring at your school or college

The Level 2 Mental Health Peer Mentor course is ​suitable for sixteen to eighteen year olds studying in schools and colleges who are interested in and able to support the mental health and wellbeing of their peers. 

You can choose the best way to deliver this course to your students:
  • A member(s) of staff at your school or college can deliver this qualification after a short ‘train the trainer’ style induction by a member of staff at Minds Ahead
  • An experienced teacher, trainer and mental health specialist at Minds Ahead can deliver the course for your students online or face to face online or face to face

 Register your interest in the Mental Health Peer Mentor course here >
Mental Health Peer Mentor course
Young People on the Margins book

The culmination of ten years of research from @TheCfEY! 'Young People On The Margins: Priorities for Action in Education and Youth' is out this month! 

This key new book provides a new way of understanding the many ways that young people in England are pushed to the margins of the education system and wider society. It is firmly rooted in the latest evidence and draws on a depth of experience. It includes a chapter on Mental Health which Minds Ahead contributed to. 

Dean Johnstone, Chief Executive of Minds Ahead said: 
This is a key resource for anyone seeking to understand the issues of mental health in education today. It rightly focuses on the sociological rather than psychological perspective to mental health, thereby rooting itself in the realities and scope of schools and colleges. The book also makes five recommendations for change, one of which is the development of new School Mental Health Specialists and better careers outreach programmes to attract more into the professions.

Minds Ahead are acting on these and are launching two new programmes this year: the School Mental Health Specialist postgraduate Diploma for existing staff and the Mental Health Peer Mentor qualification, for 16-18 year olds. Young people on the margins will become key reading for the school leaders on our range of mental health development programmes. You can get a 20% discount with the code FLY21 at Routledge.


Video: What can be done to support young people's mental health in schools and colleges?

Loic Menzies, Chief Executive of the Centre for Education and Youth, shares his thoughts on mental health in schools and colleges. In 2018 Minds Ahead and CfEY worked together to research and produce a report which set the ground for the School Mental Health Specialist programme.

School Mental Health Specialist

Applications are now open for our September 2021 intake >

School Mental Health Specialist

UK's first Masters for School and College Leaders of Mental Health

Applications are now open for our September 2021 intake > 


Design of Professional Learning & Development

We have designed programmes for a range of clients including Health Education England, School Development Support Agency, Department for Education, Mental Health UK and Leeds Beckett University. We draw on a deep understanding of: 

  • mental health in schools
  • leadership 
  • change management
  • professional learning processes and 
  • the mental health and educational policy agenda

Find out more about our services by downloading our brochure >

Design of Professional Learning and Development
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